Noting the consternation on the conservative tilt in the blogosphere about these musical/liturgical/pastoral choices for Pope 2008 in Washington DC, especially the Mass of Creation. There is aggrieved wonder that the most overused Mass setting in American history will be trotted out for this liturgy.
One of Jeffrey Tucker’s comments:
On the street, it is known as the “Massive Cremation.”
Conservatory hallways when invaded by traditionalist Catholic musicians? Perhaps. On the street? I think they’re talking about things other than the insulted sensibilities of classical musicians.
There are parishes that have used nothing but this Mass setting for the last 25 years — the very musical embodiment of the stasis that reigns in American parishes, despite every effort by the Vatican to push change.
Nothing but? Really? Is he serious? Contemporary musicians used to get accused of excessive creativity. You know: new bad music every week. Keep the people in the pews guessing. Trust me: nobody uses this setting constantly.
I have a sympathy for the notion this Mass setting is used far too often. But the caricature of the arguments against Marty Haugen are hysterical.
As my laughter on this one dies down, I have to say the only thing in American church music more overused than the Mass of Creation is the criticism of it.